Fiona Chisholm

Fiona is a 2022 graduate of Auburn High School in Auburn, NY. She will attend SUNY Fredonia starting in Fall 2022, studying Musical Theatre in Fredonia’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

Once Fiona participated in her first show in middle school (The Music Man), she fell in love with theatre. She participated in every musical throughout middle school and high school. Among her lead roles at Auburn High School, she played her namesake Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical. At AHS, Fiona participated in Orchestra, Chamber Singers and Select Choir Ensemble, and also took Music Theory.

Fiona has also performed with Rhythm in Motion dance studio, and has done several shows with Auburn Players Community Theatre, including Li’l AbnerScrooge: The Musical and Beauty and the Beast Jr. She replaced an original actor in APCT’s remounting of Antigone and Letters to Soldiers Lost, which won Best Long Production at the 2021 TANYS Festival – and where the audience enjoyed one of her special skills, playing the ukulele.

“From participating in theatre, I have learned to be courageous, hard-working and ambitious. Those traits will lead me to a successful academic and musical life, wherever I end up,” notes Fiona. “This scholarship will help me achieve my long-term education and career goals of spreading joy and my passion for theatre everywhere I go.”

At Fredonia, Fiona looks forward to learning new things, and teaching others new things by expressing characters and stories while onstage – inspiring people and helping them experience different lives. “Educational and community theatre can serve as a safe space and act as another family to a lot of people… it can really be an outlet for someone who has no other place that they can go.”

Congratulations, Fiona! TANYS wishes you much success at SUNY Fredonia!
Congratulations to the TANYS 2022 Ruth R. Legg Memorial Scholarship recipient!
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2019 recipient
Kristin Greve
High school
Sacred Heart Academy
Nominated by
Sacred Heart Academy

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2018 recipient
Tioga Simpson
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Archbishop Walsh Academy
Nominated by
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2017 recipient
Kaeli Heffner
High school
Shenendehowa High School
Nominated by
Schenectady Light Opera Company

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2016 recipient
Ethan Coniglio
High school
Kenmore East High School
Nominated by
Towne Players of Kenmore-Tonawanda

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2014 recipient
Alex Calvo
High school
Lyons Central School
Nominated by
Geneva Theatre Guild

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